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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Will Feature Ringwraiths and Legolas' Father

Plenty of new information from Edge's studio visit.

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Daedalic Entertainment revealed Lord of the Rings: Gollum in May 2019, slated for next-gen consoles and PC. Thanks to a new profile on the studio and their ambitious game, we have a few more details about Gollum.

Edge visited Daedalic Entertainment in Hamburg for an extensive preview, which is available now in issue 341. Senior producer Kai Fiebig says that the Gollum in Daedalic's game "doesn't look like Andy Serkis," referencing the movie version of Gollum from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.

The Andy Serkis/Peter Jackson iteration of Gollum. | New Line Cinema

Gollum is primarily a stealth action game. With "hundreds of animations in the final game," you'll be sneaking your way around multiple locations over Middle-Earth, one of which is Barad-Dûr. By the events of the Lord of the Rings movies, this is the tower that houses Sauron's flaming eye, keeping watch over Mordor.

The piece from Edge also reveals that although Gollum takes place many years before the events of the novels by J.R.R. Tolkein, there'll be certain connections to the books. For example Thranduil, father of the Elven archer Legolas, will appear in the game as a "side character."

The official logo for Daedalic's game. | Daedalic Entertainment

Additionally, the infamous Ringwraiths will feature in Gollum. Art director Mathias Fischer says that although Daedalic's versions of the Ringwraiths are "less cool" than in the movies, they have a chance to make different versions of them more popular.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is slated for launch in 2021 on "all relevant platforms," according to producer Fiebig. We'll have to wait a while to see what Daedalic's take on the deranged character ends up looking like.

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